Cougars Slip in Wild Card Race
Geneva, Illinois - Spencer Griffin's sixth inning homer downed the Kane County Cougars (33-32) in a 3-1 loss to the Burlington Bees (37-29) on Wednesday afternoon at Northwestern Medicine Field. The Cougars fell to 3.5 games back of Burlington for the Wild Card lead with five games to go in the first half.
The Cougars' only run of the day was in the first inning. Eduardo Diaz collected a one-out single and moved to third on a Joey Rose single and fielder's choice. Diaz scored on Bees pitcher Luis Alvarado's wild pitch.
The 1-0 lead held up until the fifth inning. Righty Jackson Goddard worked around four walks to throw four innings of no run, one-hit ball in a no decision. Blake Workman came out of relief for the fifth inning. He allowed singles to Alvaro Rubalcaba and Jordyn Adams to put runners at the corners. Workman threw a pickoff to first, Adams got into a rundown and was tagged out, but Rubalcaba scored from third to tie the game.
Spencer Griffin's sixth inning solo homer gave the Bees a 2-1 lead. Burlington added on in the ninth on an RBI single by Adams.
In the bottom of the ninth, three straight Cougar batters reached with one out. Buddy Kennedy walked, Blaze Alexander singled and Geraldo Perdomo was hit by a pitch. The following two batters were retired, Zack Shannon popped out and pinch hitter Eddie Hernandez struck out swinging to strand the bases loaded.
Blake Workman (0-3) took the loss, allowing two runs over four innings. Luis Alvarado (3-4) earned the win with a season-high 6.2 innings. He allowed one run on three hits and did not walk anyone. Tyler Smith (5) earned a seven-out save.
The Cougars and Bees play the rubber game of the three-game series on Thursday night at 6:30 P.M. Thursday is "Anchorman Night" at the ballpark with the first 1,500 fans receiving a Ron Burgundy bobblehead. Purchase tickets by calling 630-232-8811 or on kccougars.com.
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